The animated series “Kit^n^Kate”
The animated series “Kit^n^Kate” teaches kids to overcome difficulties while communicating with their friends and grown-ups and helps mastering rules of conduct in various situations. The life of the main characters of the series - two kitties named Kit and Kate - is similar to that of a common preschool kid thus the young viewers have no problems associating themselves with the kittens. The series is targeted at kids of two to six years old and is equally catchy for both boys and girls. However, the parents should keep in mind that showing any video products to kids under three years old is not recommended.
Each episode is dedicated to solving one problem that is common of kids within the above-mentioned age range. There is no through plotline so the parents can show their kids any episode that is relevant for them as of the moment. To make the young viewers get the whole sense of the episode the parents should discuss the plot with their kids afterwards, talk through the problem the kitties encountered and its solution, draw an analogy with a similar situation in real life. The series can also serve as a prompt for new games, including cooperative ones.
Each episode is only five minutes long and does not tire a kid which is definitely a great advantage. There is no preface about the characters or about where and when the action takes place, however, the kids can imagine these details on their own or with the help of their parents. The plot is dynamic but easy to follow, the stories are comprehensible for kids, and the speech of the characters is proper and literate.
The series shows proper relationship between the parents and the kids. The parents help the kitties understand the roots of the problem and find a way to prevent it on their own. However, the series doesn’t show what to do if the problem really pops up, which gives the young viewers and their parents a chance to imagine how the kitties can find a way out of a difficult situation if they really face it (the kitties are really fast in figuring out ways how to prevent the problem from happening in the first place). The series also demonstrates healthy relationship between a brother and a sister thus it is highly recommended for kids who have difficulties in building a solid relationship with their siblings.
To sum up, the series has a great developing potential and is suitable for kids of a preschool age.
Irina Permyakova, psychologist
Animated Session of Psychotherapy for Kids and Parents
Pedagogics is boring: your kids never feel like listening to your reprimands while you are trying your best to teach them common truth. Still, sometimes we need to help our children cope with their problems or negative emotions - and finding a means to do it by implication, through fairy-tales and metaphors is a truly precious godsend for parents.
The characters of short animated cartoons - two kitties named Kit and Kate - face the same problems and obstacles as your kids. However, they are lucky enough to get a prompt and replay the whole situation with a different behaviour.
Sometimes they are mean or impatient, angry or teary-eyed, and even vindictive… and face the natural consequences of their own behaviour: an overfull car on the rollercoaster falls apart, a fight deprives them of fun, their belongings left in an unsafe place do not resist harsh weather conditions.
What do parents instinctively do to keep their kids from such unpleasant consequences? They play safe and tend to be overcautious: forbid to approach any dangerous objects, cut in fights between the kids, lecture them on possible outcomes. As a result, the parents are overstressed, the kids are intimidated and learn to tune out all the boring moralities.
The series, however, offers a better solution to the problem: the parents come to the rescue in a disguise of a “mysterious stranger” or a “good magician” only after the kids face the consequences of their misbehaviour and realise that their knowledge is not enough to make the right decision.
It is only at this moment of time the kids are open for discussion, they will not behave in a rebellious or hard-headed way. Also, their faults only happened in an imaginary environment and all the negative consequences are also fictitious and can be easily replayed. One should only step away from the situation and think it over - together with a mysterious stranger whose advice is easier to accept than that of a parent. What are the ways to solve the problem? Which motives do the bullies have? Which resources should be connected up for the best result?
Kit and Kate are happy to replay the situation to come out as a winner, offend no one, find the treasures and avoid possible troubles.
Preschool kids are very susceptible to such hints and prompts as their reaction strategies are only starting to develop. Our task as a parent is to help them cope with problems and emotions, not to avoid them.
I would recommend you not only watch the series together with your kids but also by its example learn how to make education look like a game, to knock until heard without breaking the kid’s initiative or character. A loving parent is the best psychotherapist for his kid.
Yuliya Sinaryova, psychologist, family therapist
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